On June 30, the Discovery Bay Community Center will be closing its doors for a proposed $552,500 renovation of the facility and will reopen in the spring of 2014.
I was tipped off earlier this week of this decision after a member of the former athletic club shared that a notice had been placed on the facility building and complained about poor communication from the CSD to members of the club.
It then prompted me to review the prior Community Center Committee meeting. In reviewing the meeting, the club facility will close down for renovations; however, the site will remain open for tennis, swimming, and overall site use such as outdoor activities.
Also, the pool that was slated for a May 30 opening remains closed.
According to Town Manager Rick Howard, the pool is on a delay because when they were planning the modifications of the pool, they didn’t believe they needed permits to an existing system as they believe it to be considered “maintenance”. Instead, Contra Costa County says its renovations and must submit plans.
Ultimately, the pool did not open May 30 and it appears the pool is another month or so away from opening—potentially late July, but no date was given.
In terms of communication, staff stated they wanted to get information out to the public and provided it to the Delta Sun Times, but that information was incorrect. He called it “unfortunate” that the information ran in the paper and was not pulled.
As far as membership goes, no numbers were provided other than being on record stating it has gone down significantly since they took over the facility—classes have also dropped off. Staff is blaming the Delta Valley Fitness Center.
It was suggested by Rick Howard that the CSD and the Community Center Committee “cut its loses and close the building” and begin renovating the building as of July 1.
When the Community Center reopens, Mr. Howard would like to create a Recreation Projects Coordinator Position to come on board either on Sept. 1 or Oct. 1 of 2013 with a goal of developing a recreation program.
“This would be a true parks and recreation, leisure position at a coordinator level and not city manager level or director level but a coordinator level that has background in that area. May be a leisure service program,” said Howard.
According to Howard, shutting down the facility this soon was not the way they wanted to begin with the community center. He blamed outside issues that brought Delta Valley into Discovery Bay.
The Committee shot back at that statement saying, the Delta valley wasn’t to affect our programs because the program was geared to Discovery Bay because he (being Delta Valley) is not offering those programs.
Committee members asked what kind of effort was made by staff to extend the tie to members that they were not shutting our doors. Howard replied that if I didn’t’ hit every class, he hit almost every class to discuss it with them. For whatever reason, they (being the members) did not want to pay individual pricing that they are getting for no-additional charge.
- Staff will begin promoting community center classes in either December 2013 or January 2014
- Community Garden – just four plots of thirty are being rented with 1-person renting 2-spots.
- Fencing on the property will be brought up to code. They rejected one bid and have sent out for a second bid—the real question I have is why didn’t they go for three bids to begin with?
The numbers were not discussed at the May 29 meeting and instead were placed on the June 5 CSD Meeting. Here is a link to the proposal which totaled $552,500 and listed the potential funding sources. It begins on page 7
Here is a look at the potential Funding Sources for the project
- Park Dedication Fees – $118,800
- Measure WW Park Funds – $65,000
- Community Center Fund – $450,000
- Hofmann Funds – $950,000
- Twelve Lots – $360,000
- Water/Sewer Funds – $110,000
Farmers Market Idea
This was the entertaining discussion of the night by far as the Community Center Committee discussed the idea of hosting farmers markets at the facility when it re-opens. It was shared that Jim Mattison was putting together a farmers market separate from the CSD/Community Center somewhere in the Marina.
Rick Howard says the Farmers Market has folks get in line well in advance and is surprised that they are getting a farmers market.
According to the committee, it was explained that when Mr. Mattison came to the CSD with this idea, that there is a process he must follow which includes getting permits and food permits and was told that he couldn’t just have people come in and sell food—that is what he was told explained the committee.
Staff said he wanted to do it now, and found he had to be delayed. Staff also provided a card of the farmers market manager who manages the “real” farmers market. They are willing to come out here and they have the experience.
According to staff, Jim Mattisons farmers markets will occur on Sundays as currently proposed—appears this is through the Lions Club.
“That is more subversive act on Jims part to sabotage from his inability to participate and its unfortunate he is taking that route,’ said CSD Director Kevin Graves.
It was then asked about insurance and liability and provides bathrooms—the community center can host this type of event because it has bathrooms available on site.
The committee agreed that it would be a good idea in the future to create a farmers market through Discovery Bay and hold it at the community center.
Although Kevin Graves stated Jim Mattison is a friend and doesn’t want anyone to take it the wrong, but encourage someone on the Lions Club board to talk with Jim about this farmers market.
“I don’t like the way Jim he is handling this. He is disgruntled and he is being subversive in the activities that we are trying to get going here. I don’t know why. It’s just my feeling. Here is the thing with Jim, he is great at getting things done but he is not so great at getting help because he wants them done his way and right now and we can’t operate that way as a public entity and that is Jim’s frustration and it’s frustrating to me to but I have to adapt to it. I am not pleased with this report,” said Graves. “I do apologize for bring up the Lions Club and strike from the record and hopefully no one will listen to this.”